One of the biggest disappointments during the past year has
to be the state of WWE’s cruiserweight division. After an electric tournament
in 2016 that saw some of the world’s top light-heavyweights dazzle fans, there
was hope that WWE wouldn’t screw this one up.
Boy, were we wrong.
Instead of simply giving fans the high-quality action that
defined the tournament and even WCW’s cruiserweight heyday, we got goofy
storylines (think Alicia Fox as Noam Dar’s girlfriend) and super-short matches
on Raw that served as bathroom breaks. We got Enzo Amore as the division’s
centerpiece and champion, a move designed to boost interest and ratings, but a
slap in the face to fans who thought they were going to get action.
Recently, there have been some improvements – Cedric
Alexander is a bright spot, and Hideo Itami should be running the division in
2018 – but not enough to push this out of the “down” column.
Scott is a former journalist and longtime wrestling fan who was smart enough to abandon WCW during the Monday Night Wars the same time as the Radicalz. He fortunately became a fan in time for WrestleMania III and came back as a fan after a long high school hiatus before WM XIV. Monday nights in the Carlson household are reserved for viewing Raw -- for better or worse.